Frank Kelly Leads Shrine Healing Service

A construction foreman, Frank Kelly climbed into a crawlspace on top of a walk-in refrigerator on Dec. 5, 1985, at a job site inside a Boston hospital. He was reaching for some pipes when his right wrist came into contact with high-voltage electrical wires protruding from a junction box.

He was practically burnt to a crisp and left for dead. But the thing was, he didn't die. Instead, he was given what he calls "a gift of piety" and - as it became increasingly clear - a gift to pass on divine messages to people he prays over. Through him, God has granted countless people physical and/or spiritual healings.

Frank led the monthly healing service at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy on Thursday. Before the service began, he shared with us stories of growing up in Boston as one of 12 children in a devout-Catholic, working-class family; of the events surrounding his electrocution; and how he came to understand that God sought to use him to help bring His message of love and healing to the world.

His healing ministry is sanctioned by the Church. His spiritual adviser, the Rev. Ronald K. Tacelli, SJ, professor of philosophy at Boston College, says "God uses Frank, this very human man with his radiant smile and remarkable touch and words of knowledge, as a sensible sign of the eternal Love that lies at the heart of things: the Love that created us, sustains us, reaches out to us, and wants to heal us of hate and sin."

Frank goes wherever he's invited, because that's what Jesus told him to do - "to go and instruct," Frank says.

Frank individually prays over people, asking only for their first name. He says God speaks through him. He gives each person a personal message from God, sometimes involving illnesses known or unknown. He often gives people the name of a saint to pray to.

"Jesus is still the healer," he says. "I couldn't heal a bug. All of this is done for the purpose of giving glory to Jesus."

He urges people to pray and trust - particularly to ask the saints for their intercession.

"When I was a boy, my mother told me, 'Prayer is nothing but God instructing you.' That stayed with me. She said, 'Look at the lives of the saints. Look at how they started out. Look how they ended up. They're your role models."

In the following clip, he shares with us how he first came to believe in the intercessory power of the saints:

In the following clip, Frank shares with us the story of his electrocution:

After the electrocution, he says he received the "gift of piety," which led to three-and-a-half years of nearly unceasing prayer. In the following clip, Frank shares how he refused, at first, to accept God's role for him as a conduit to healing.

"You got the wrong guy, please bother someone else," he once prayed to God. But eventually, even he couldn't escape from the special task:

One hundred percent of the money Frank's ministry takes in (mostly through the sale of his book Short Circuit to God) goes to the poor through priests in Ghana and India.

To learn more about Frank, including how to arrange for him to visit your parish or prayer group, visit

POST SCRIPT- Frank Kelly was involved in a serious car accident in Alabama on Nov. 14. He has asked people to pray for the intercession of St. Luke (for doctors); Bishop Sheehan (for a miracle); Gemma Galbani (for back); and Nelson Baker.

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